Parco Marino del Plemmirio
Parco Marino del Plemmirio
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Lars D
1 contribution
Apr 2022 • Couples
Great place for a beach walk close to Syracuse. You can park your car close to punto della molla. It's a small parking but safe because guards of a nearby hotel/beach were present (I'm not sure if they always are, we maybe just got lucky). The cliffs and vegetation make for great viewing points of Ortigia and the sea. There are some vacant houses and even bunkers probably used in WW2 at punto della molla ready for exploration. The hike up to punta del gigante is about 3.5 km. It took us about 3 hours to hike up to there and back again, but we took lots of breaks to hike up the rocks for better viewing points. It's not a great place for sunbathing as there is not much sand, mostly sharp rocks.
Written April 21, 2022
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cf28
Italy2,594 contributions
Oct 2014 • Couples
There isn't much information on the internet about this area, and we did have a bit of trouble actually getting here the two days we spent in the area...so I'll try and explain it as best as I can.
We explored several of the different varchi (this isn't a long stretch of beach, but a peninsula with various little beaches and drop offs to the water, called varco for 1 and varchi for more than 1), and found that we agreed that varco 34 is really the best, and one of the most beautiful spots we've seen. Ever.
Getting to them isn't that easy. We started with varco 3, which was nice, but quite rocky - no sand at all. Same for varco 26 (23 was closed), and for 11 and 13. 34 and 35 (attached to the nearby 5 star hotel) were really our favorites.
Notes: on the GPS, follow directions for Hotel Minareto. When you get onto Via Del Farro Massolivieri, you will make a right directly after a stretch of the street that is lined with a file of trees (it sounds vague, but when you see it you'll say "ahhh!"). If you reach the hotel (on your right), you have gone too far. After you make this right, you will see signs for the different varchi after the little statue of the Virgin Mary that sits at the fork in the road. Go left. It looks like there is a little military structure there, and that is where you can park your car - in fact, we spoke with an older gentleman who told us that it's best to park there, because as the beach is a bit of a walk, thieves know that people will leave the cars empty for a while. He advised us not to leave anything in plain sight, and parking here we did see a guard walking around from time to time in the course of 2 days, though we never saw anyone doing anything shady. From the car to the beach it is an easy 3 minute walk, maybe less - but be careful as there is a bit of broken glass about.
If you choose to go to varco 35, please park on the main street and walk there. This sweet old man lives in the area, and says that no one respects that it is a private road and blocks his driveway all the time.
Also, bring water and something to eat - there is nothing in the area to get a panino or something quick for lunch, especially in the offseason - but you do have this incredible slice of paradise to yourself :)
Written October 26, 2014
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jlg62leLosc
Tremblay-En-France, France40 contributions
Sep 2016
on the GPS, follow directions for Hotel Minareto. ( If you reach the hotel , you have gone too far). When you get on to Via Del Farro Massolivieri, you will make a right directly after a stretch of the street that is lined with a file of trees you make a right turn after the line of trees then drive 500m you will see signs for the different varchi after the little statue of the Virgin Mary that sits at the fork in the road. Go left. It looks like there is a little military structure there, and that is where you can park your car From the car to the beach it is an easy 3 minute walk, may be less
Written September 17, 2016
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Billy S
4 contributions
Sep 2015 • Family
We visited area 34. A small beach near to a WW2 artefact. Not too busy in the middle of September, although only one half of the beach habitable due to the stink of seaweed and bird feathers at the far end. Park map attached, it might be useful for planning your visit.
Written September 16, 2015
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Just_Tina_C
The Alps557 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
We stayed 8 days in Siracusa in October and so one day we took bus number 23 to visit the Plemmirio area. There was a problem with the bus route that day (!) so we got off in the southern part of the reserve near 'Varco' (access to sea) 22 and walked along the road, this was ok (no stray dogs etc) and we arrived at the Capo Murro di Porco lighthouse where there are good views. After that we found the path (from the lighthouse you have to walk back towards the road and the path is evident on your right) along the north coast of the headland. This part is SPECTACULAR, from the lighthouse to Varco 33 included we saw no-one at all, and no rubbish either -beautiful landscapes first of dwarf palms then gradually changing to heathers and herbs, spectacular sea views and of Siracusa/Ortigia. The path threads along by the sea, sometimes close, sometimes further away, it's a track sometimes among the undergrowth and the rocks are often rough so you'll be better off with good walking shoes or at least trainers, no open sandals or flipflops! We stopped to picnic at Varco 33 which has a mini beach (just for 2!) of sand. There are some rough steps in the rock to get down but you need to look around to find them. Between varco 33 and 34 the cliffs are tall and really spectacular. Varco 34 has ruined buildings and is apparently popular and in fact it was the only place we saw people, and a lot of rubbish....If the buses are running normally, walking inland from varco 34 the number 23 bus stops where there is a shrine and a lot of rubbish bins. Otherwise if you are good walkers, carry on right along the road in the direction of Siracusa (not towards Varco 35 unless you want to visit that) and you get to Lido Sacramento where there are fish farms, which are also restaurants, specializing in shell fish. If you then continue to the junction (as you turn inland from the coast and there are signs to Fontane Bianche etc) buses 21 and 22 also go by.
Written October 14, 2017
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ChrisAB90
Sandbach, UK21 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
After seeing the attractive photos and positive reviews on Trip Advisor, my partner and I thought we would stop here en route to Ragusa/Noto for the next stage of our trip after leaving our hotel in Syracusa.

After finding a nice beach and a little walk around the back of the 5 star hotel to see if we could find any more beauty spots/views of Ortigia, we came back to the central residential street to see our car in the process of being stolen around 100m away. It was parked among approximately 20 other cars, time midday.

I ran to the hotel to call the police and whilst they said this had never happened before, this was a professional job and would not recommend visiting if you have a car. Unfortunately we had all our luggage and passports in and it completely ruined what otherwise was a fantastic tour around Sicily.

Morale of the story: make sure your car insurance covers theft as basic insurances do not.
Written June 11, 2019
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Two bellezze
Australia7 contributions
Aug 2015 • Couples
Plemmirio is beautiful! It seems very undiscovered to Italian locals as when I mentioned it to my calabrese cousins none of them had heard of this magical place!

The water was crystal clear and to the warm side (despite the trash and litter you see every where in Sicily not sure how it doesn't end up in water) you can see beautiful fish and in the background the beautiful ancient city Ortygia.

It's made up of numerous varcos (coves/bays) which are all different. You need a car to get to them and signage isn't the best but we asked our B & B host (Melus Maris fantastic accommodation) for his recommendations.

Varco 33, 34 were beautiful and easy to get to. We had our own private little beach which is unheard of in Italy! Most of Varco beaches have no lidos (umbrella and chairs common in Italian beaches). You also need rock shoes as the surface is rocky and may have urchins.

Can't wait to go back, this place is another amazing jewel of Sicily.

Written September 15, 2015
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eskimojo82
Kilkeel, UK25 contributions
Aug 2017
Having eventually found Bay 34, after taking a wrong turn or two, we pulled the hire car in as tightly as possible to the side of the dirt track and hoped for the best. A short walk took us to coast where there was a tiny beach down to our right which was pretty packed with people and then a rocky area to the left which we chose.

We got a small spot to lay our things and enjoy the views looking across to Ortigia, Syracuse. Immediately in front is a very shallow area of sea, sheltered by large rocks. Here I was able to snorkel and there are some fish, it's literally only a foot or two deep so also great for kids to paddle and see small fish around their feet!

We enjoyed this spot in Plemirrio and I think if we had more time to explore there would be other less crowded beaches but saying that the people didn't ruin our experience of this pretty spot.

Written October 3, 2017
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vicki w
Modiin, Israel500 contributions
Jul 2015 • Couples
It is a real gem. But when we got there it was crouded. Being end July's high touring season I guess. We seemed like we're the only ones not getting into the water. We wouldn't dear....
Written July 25, 2015
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fireflyReading
Reading32 contributions
Nov 2019
Parco Marino del Plemmirio

You can take bus no 23 and ask to get out at Murro Di Porco. It is circular route.The times are on the city bus website but it no longer goes from station or via Rubino but the bus stops in the via Umberto park where the Palermo And Catania buses go from. The 23 bus only costs 1.20€ and if you just want a ride out into the country with great views of Siracusa then just do the round trip
Written November 8, 2019
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